Patagonia Tours & Trips 2020
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Relaxed A lot of free time, with very few inclusions. Ideal for independent and/or low-key travelers and cruisers.
Full on For those looking to maximize their sight seeing time. You thrive on a packed day’s schedule from 8 am to 6pm, with some (but limited) free time. Most activities and meals included.
Mixed You will have solid amounts of both free time and structured time with some activities and meals included.
Group Tour Groups are between 25-60 people, typically ~30-40. Usually there will be many opportunities to split off and enjoy meals and excursions in smaller groups. This is the most economical way to travel, saving up to 40% versus booking the same itinerary yourself.
Small Group Tour Small groups are usually defined as between 10 and 24 travelers, often less. If you're the kind of person who enjoys more intimate experiences and personal service this is a good choice. All else being equal you will pay a premium for this style vs a larger group tour.
River Cruise These vessels are smaller than most ocean cruisers, limiting which amenties are available. Passenger counts can vary. One of the biggest advantages of a river cruise is the ability to dock at smaller ports and local villages.
Small Ship Cruise Small ship cruises usually have a max passenger count of 500. The primary purpose of these trips is to spend time off the vessel in local ports (e.g. Mediterranean) or experiencing nature (e.g Galapagos or Antarctica). Cabins can vary from budget to luxury.
Private Guided Private tours give you the undivided attention of a guide, and often involve special access to sites and unique experiences not available to larger groups. This is a great option for families, couples, and small friend groups. Expect to pay a bit more for the extra service.
Self Guided / Independent Tour A travel company plans your itinerary and arranges all the logistics including lodging, local activities, and transportantion. You have the flexibility of a solo trip while still getting the convience and time savings of expert planning. Get 90% of the benefits of a tour, without a guide.
Vacation / Holiday Package Similar to a self guided tour, this usually involves a home base, such as a hotel or resort, with packaged activities and day tours as a part of the stay.
Large Ship Cruise This is the "floating city" experience, with multiple ways to enjoy your vacation aboard the ship as much as on land. Ships are multiple floors, provide several activities, culinary, and shopping options. They often make fewer stops and have less time available for shore excursions.
Camping Typically involves most nights sleeping in tents (sometimes permanent tented sites) or in rustic cabins and lodges.
Basic - 2 star You'll stay in no-frills, but clean and comfortable, hotels or guesthouses. A 'Basic' trip might also involve a few nights of camping.
Value - 3 star Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels.
Premium - 4 star 3 to 4 star western hotel equivalents. While not all lodging will be 'luxury' they will be quite comfortable by western standards.
Luxury - 5 star The highest level of comfort and service. All accomodations are in four or five star hotels, boutique lodges or high-end homestays.
Very Easy Minimal walking - motor vehicles available for all major parts of trip.
Easy Normal generally flat walking in urban or suburban environments.
Moderate Walking or physical activity half to most of day - no carrying equipment.
Strenuous All or most of day hiking or biking, hills included.
Extreme Very challenging all day hiking and backpacking carrying significant equipment.
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Flight & Transport Inclusions
- Arrive in the capital city of Santiago to kick off your adventure.
- Tour through the beautiful Torres del Paine National Park!
- Walk among the Milodon Caves, a huge and beautiful cave network that 12 foot tall, prehistoric sloths used to call home.
- Sail among the stunning Balmaceda & Serrano Glaciers, a beautiful sight which, sadly, is slowly melting away.
- Enjoy amazing views of snow-covered mountains in the distance while staying in the capital and a waterside view in Puerto Natales.
- Trek from El Chalten to Mount Fitzroy
- Visit Laguna de los tres - El Chalten
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Top Patagonia Experiences
Exploring the stunning landscapes and lakes of Chile’s Torres del Paine National Park
Viewing huge chunks of Argentina’s Perito Moreno glacier calving into Lake Argentino
Visiting the huge Magellanic penguin colony and watching for whales and other marine life on Argentina’s Peninsula Valdés
Riding horseback across the Argentine steppes in the tradition of gauchos
Cruising the southern coast of Chile to view snow-capped mountains, ice-blue fjords, and the lights of little villages situated miles from nowhere
Touring Tierra del Fuego (“Land of Fire”) and Ushuaia, Argentina, the world’s southernmost city and embarkation point for Antarctica
Having afternoon tea in Argentine towns where the predominate culture is Welsh
Cruising the Straits of Magellan and the Beagle Channel in the wake of Ferdinand Magellan and Charles Darwin
Landing on isolated Cape Horn, the southernmost tip of South America (weather and waves permitting)
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